Workington captain Wilkes retires

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Workington Town captain Oliver Wilkes has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 39.

After short stints at Sheffield Eagles and Huddersfield Giants to start his career, he then had very successful spells at Keighley Cougars and Leigh Centurions, making a combined 115 appearances over four years.

He then had two more short stints at Whitehaven and Wigan Warriors before another successful spell at Widnes Vikings, he scored 17 tries in 48 appearances across two years on Cheshire.

Wilkes then returned to the Super League with Wakefield Trinity and spent three years there initially before joining Harlequins RL, where he would spend another two years.

The forward then had further spells at Wakefield and Leigh before moving up to Cumbria, first with Barrow Raiders and then with Workington.

In a statement released by his current club Workington, it read:”Our captain Olly Wilkes has told us and his team-mates that he is retiring from professional rugby league.

“Olly has been a magnificent leader on and off the pitch and a delight to have at our great club.

“We will pay full tribute to him at our last home game of the normal season against Doncaster. In the meantime, we wish Olly well in the next chapter and salute our captain.”

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